• Blue Springs City Council honors outgoing member

  • Monday’s Blue Springs City Council meeting marked the end for one member and the beginning for another.

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  • Monday’s Blue Springs City Council meeting marked the end for one member and the beginning for another.
    Grant Bowerman, District 3 Councilman, was honored for his service to the council. Bowerman, who was first elected three years ago, did not seek re-election this year, choosing to step down from his position on the council. Susan Culpepper was elected April 2 to fill the seat vacated by Bowerman.
    “I have learned so much about how the city works (during the time on the council),” he said. “There are a lot of good people that serve this city. I will miss it, but I am not going away. Thank you all so much.”
    During his time on the council, Bowerman service on the Solid Waste Commission and on the Public Safety Sales Tax Committee. Councilman Ron Fowler said he will be missed.
    “I want to thank Grant for his duty and service to the city of Blue Springs,” he said. “He walks with integrity even when he is put in the line of fire. I have learned a lot in the short time he has been here.”
    Councilman Jeff Quibell echoed Fowler’s sentiments.
    “It has been great getting to know him,” he said. “I really appreciate his service, and the time he has served here on the council. It has been a pleasure to work with him.”
    The City Council also heard a presentation on the Community Development Block Grant consolidated plan. Because the plan does not have to be approved until August, this was only a discussion. No action was taken.
    Scott Allen, community development director, said the city will see about a 5 percent decrease in CDBG funds this year because of the sequestration at the federal level. This equates to $201,000 compared to $211,000 the city received last year.
    “Sequestration has got its fingers in everything,” Mayor Carson Ross said. “Every time you look around, things are being cut back. I don’t know where it (sequestration) came from, but I wish it would go away.”
    The CDBG program provides communities in the United States with funds for a variety of projects. This includes providing housing for low-income individuals, disaster recovery assistance and neighborhood stabilization.
    Allen said although specific projects have not been finalized for the CDBG program, many are being proposed. This includes identifying potential maintenance and new construction projects within the parks and recreation department such as new playground surfaces and expanding the façade repair program in downtown Blue Springs. Other programs that receive support from CDBG funds in Blue Springs are the minor home repair program and the first time home buyer program.

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